Zusi Ignites To Give No. 8 Terps 1-0 Victory Over No. 9 Boston College
#7 Casey Townsend (Maryland) rushes the creases on a corner kick while keeper #1 Chris Brown and #21 Mike Konicoff attempt to block the shot during Maryland's 1-0 win over Boston College at Ludwig Field in College Park MD on September 12, 2008. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Terrapin senior Graham Zusi locked up a Maryland win this evening over conference challenger Boston College in a highly anticipated match that was televised and radio broadcast. Zusi's goal in the 11th minute of play arrived when Rich Costanzo sent in a cross on a breakaway up the right side. Doug Rodkey deflected it and Zusi chipped it over BC goalkeeper Chris Brown.

Maryland controlled the pace early in the first half and outshot the Eagles 5-2 overall in the period. With little more than 15 minutes to go the Terps dominated the scoreboard with 4 shots to 1 and out-cornered BC 2-1. Zusi and Casey Townsend were forces on the offensive and defensive sides of the pitch as well as in the midfield. Omar Gonzalez, Rich Costanzo, and A.J. Delagarza were also instrumental in dismantling the BC attacks that made it into the Terrapin defensive zone.

Jeremy Hall's legs were also a formidable weapon this evening. His combination of speed and Zusi's ball handling skills make the two a particularly lethal combination when the momentum favors the Terps.

Will Swaim anchored the Terps this evening and came up with some huge saves in the second half that secured the victory. In the closing minute Swaim was called upon to make a clutch grab when Boston College challenged for the tie.

Boston College entered tonight's conference opener with a record of 2-1-1 and a No. 9 national ranking. Maryland stood right next to them with a No. 9 position in the national rankings and a record of 3-2-1. With TV cameras fieldside, the stands on either end zone were packed to support the Terrapins. Players from field hockey, women's soccer, and volleyball were also in attendance to show their support for the first Terrapin sport to face a conference foe.